UEFA Super Cup 2020: Javi Martinez Scores Bayern’s Winner Against Sevilla
Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez came on during extra time to score his side’s winner against Spanish club Sevilla.
The UEFA Super Cup is held every year and two teams compete for it, the UEFA Champions League winner and UEFA Europa League winner. This year in Budapest, UEFA Europa League winners Sevilla and UEFA Champions League winners Bayern Munich faced off.
During the early minutes of the game, Sevilla earned a controversial penalty after Bayern’s David Alaba pushed Sevilla’s Ivan Rakitic in the penalty area. Sevilla’s Lucas Ocampos took the shot and scored. Before the end of the first half, Bayern drew with Sevilla after Leon Goretzka scored a goal assisted by Robert Lewandowski.
The second half was full of chances for both teams. Bayern managed to score two goals, one by Lewandowski and the other by new signing Leroy Sane, but both goals were ruled out for offside by the VAR. Towards the end of the game, Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri went one-on-one with Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but missed the shot.
The game went into extra time after it was 1-1. In the first half of extra time, Bayern made substitutes, which include replacing Lucas Hernandez with Martinez. Minutes after his substitution, Martinez scored a header to give his team the lead.
Bayern’s unlikely hero, Martinez, is not a regular starter and is reported to leave the club soon. Martinez joined Bayern Munich in 2012. Reports claim that Martinez could join La Liga side Athletic Bilbao.
Bayern Munich’s season just got even better with this win. The club has won four trophies in the 2019/20 season: the Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga, German Cup and now the UEFA Super Cup.
The Bavarian club already kicked off the Bundesliga 2020/21 season with a win and has an upcoming match on September 27 against Hoffenheim.